Russia Circles announce new album Blood Year & North American tour; stream new track “Arluck”

Photo by: Teddie Taylor

Official press release:

There are few things one can be sure of these days, though one truism that remains is that Russian Circles will continue to reign as one of instrumental music’s supreme champions. These masters of sonic tension and release plan to deliver their seventh studio album August 2nd on Sargent House. Dubbed Blood Year, the LP is less a musical exploration and more a statement of authority, lest there be any doubt that Russian Circles remain a force to be reckoned with on the stage and in the studio. Blood Year is available for pre-order here.

Listen to “Arluck”, the first glimpse of Russian Circle’s forthcoming Blood Year LP, now below:

The Chicago trio have always explored the dynamics of volume and timbre, with their albums often vacillating between caustic attacks and blissful respites. Russian Circles returned to the studio with Kurt Ballou to record Blood Year, but this time they tracked it in Chicago at Steve Albini’s world-famous Electrical Audio. From guitarist Mike Sullivan’s riff-fueled assaults, to Dave Turncrantz’s war machine rack and floor toms and Brian Cook’s meat grinding bass lines, the sound of Blood Year is that of a band unafraid to flaunt their hard-earned prowess. 

Sullivan, Turncrantz, and Cook made a conscious effort to approach the songs on Blood Year with the same organic feel of a live show. In an age where rock records are often built on a computerized grid, Russian Circles chose to track the foundations of the songs together in one room as complete takes without click tracks. The human pulse and unmetered energy is woven throughout Blood Year, a presence that can be felt with each bone-rattling minute.  

Russian Circles will be on tour in North America this September, October and November in support of it.  FACS and Windhand will appear on select dates — check out all tour dates listed below. Stay tuned for more news.

Blood Year track listing:

  1. “Hunter Moon”
  2. “Arluck”
  3. “Milano”
  4. “Kohokia”
  5. “Ghost On High”
  6. “Sinaia”
  7. “Quartered”

5/31 Chicago, IL | Do Division Fest
9/11 Madison, WI | High Noon Saloon *
9/12 Minneapolis, MN | Cedar Culture Center *
9/14 Bozeman, MT | Rialto Bozeman *
9/16 Seattle, WA | Neumos *
9/17 Portland, OR | Wonder Ballroom *
9/19 San Francisco, CA | August Hall *
9/20 Ventura, CA | Discovery Ventura *
9/21 Los Angeles, CA | The Teragram Ballroom *
9/23 Mesa, AZ | The Nile *
9/24 Santa Fe, NM | Meow Wolf *
9/25 Denver, CO | Bluebird Theater *
9/28 Chicago, IL | Thalia Hall *
10/18 Grand Rapids, MI | The Pyramid Scheme
10/19 Detroit, MI | El Club
10/20 Toronto, ON | Lee’s Palace
10/21 Montreal, QC | Theatre Fairmount
10/23 Portsmouth, NH | 3S ArtSpace
10/24 Cambridge, MA | The Sinclair
10/26 Brooklyn, NY | Warsaw
10/27 Philadelphia, PA | Union Transfer
10/29 Washington, DC | Union Stage
10/30 Richmond, VA | The Broadberry
11/01 Durham, NC | Motorco Music Hall +
11/02 Charlotte, NC | Neighborhood Theatre +
11/03 Atlanta, GA | The Masquerade +
11/04 New Orleans, LA | One Eyed Jack’s +
11/06 Houston, TX | The Secret Group +
11/08 Austin, TX | Levitation
11/09 Dallas, TX | Deep Ellum Art Company +
11/11 St. Louis, MO | Delmar Hall +

* = w/ FACS
+ = w/ Windhand